The Wisconsin Headwaters Invasives Partnership (WHIP), which provides invasive species services throughout Oneida and Vilas counties, was recently granted funding from Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, enabling the hiring of a temporary employee to assist in the development of invasive species management plans for highway rights-of-way (ROW) in both counties.
Lumberjack RC&D funding previously awarded to WHIP enabled completion of a walking survey of priority invasive plants along all Oneida County highways in 2012. A similar survey, also funded by Lumberjack RC&D, will be completed in Vilas County this summer. Data from these surveys will be used by the Oneida and Vilas County mapping departments to generate ROW invasive species maps. The maps will be used in the ROW management planning process.
Highway commissioners from both counties will participate in developing the ROW management plans, as will representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
WHIP will also be providing technical assistance to the Town of Three Lakes with its invasive species inventory of all town roads and the development of town level invasive species management plans. Funding for the Three Lakes project has also been granted by Lumberjack RC&D.
Lumberjack RC&D Inc. is a rural development council, based in Rhinelander, focusing on conservation, development and utilization of area natural resources to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions for area citizens in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano and Vilas counties.